lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a very beautiful dark, reddish brown head. Oily texture. Aroma of roasted malts and sweet dark chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, sweetish chocolate with syrupy notes. A bit thin on the palate. Medium/full bodied, low but rough carbonation. Warming finish. Very straightforward but not bad.
tiong (6901) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bierkompass
A pretty good imperial stout. Pours pitch black with massive beige head. Great appearance. Taste is not very complex and alcohol tastes a bit too much.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and liquorish.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1.9 oz btl Batch 210. Inky black with a deep deep brown head. The aroma is of licorice, roasted malt, and some cherry. The taste is super unique. One of roasted malt, dark fruit, and tobacco for sure. A crisp tart spiciness that builds and kicks. Almost a puckering sourness in the finish. One of my favorites.
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, chocolate, sweet spices and fruits, coffee. Flavour is sweet, chocolate mousse, sweet light spices, light fruity, bitter roasted coffee finish. Thereís much more in there I canít pinpoint. Carbonation is a bit too much when the beer is cold, but when it warms up the mouthfeel is just superbly rich, creamy and smooth. Fullbodied. Good stuff, great label.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beerlando - thanks, Bryan! Extremely thick pour, dark brown with a thick head stained by berries from the World Tree. Pretty complex nose, yielding ripe yeast, sweet fruits, molasses, and something oddly juniper-ish. Thick, oily mouthfeel seems to suit this kind of heavy, overstuffed beer. Bitter chocolate and toffee emerge in the tasting, a real riot of flavors that seem to evoke barrel-aged stouts, Belgian stouts, and heavy amounts of wood. Ragnarok awaits.
cgarvieuk (23261) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan head ... roast malt ... little licorice ... little seaweed nose ... ligth sweet roast ... again a little licorice ... quite a lot of alcohol... rich molasis... little oil body ...
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A tasty thick spicy chocolaty dark ale of some kind. A bad idea done well.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed a few days after purchase but already 1.5 year after brewing date!?! (bottle said brewed January 20 2009).
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is very roasted, chocolaty and a strange spiciness that Iíd describe as a cross between anise and cinnamon. Taste is chocolate cake, earth, gingerbread man, dirty wood, anise, molasses, more spices. The body is full and very thick, very very thick. The spiciness was a little over the top for me, almost like the type of hot spiciness that I associate more with Nachos chip than beer. The very lively Belgian-like carbonation helps to make that monster more drinkable than it should be. This is a daring beer. Not bad at all, but not quite my cup of tea. Supposedly Odin and Santa Claus are the same person. He was forced to take this side-line job to make ends meet because of the Asgard real estate bubble. Or so the legend says.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle served in a snifter. Pours dense dark brown with a huge, rich chocolate colored head. Good retention, minimal lacing. Nearly perfect pour but the lace is a bit whimpy. Aroma is dark chocolate covered cherries, earthy peat, and charred wood. Big roasty flavor and only mildly sweet. Full body, slick-thick texture, good prickly carbonation, alcohol heat, and a chalky, bitter, coffee flavored finish. I can see why Odin digs this.
Countbeer (6470) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Bottle:
Very nice big airy dark brown head disappears quick into a brown lacing.
The pour is motor oily black. Black as night.
Smell is soda, liquorice, soja, chocolate, toffee, caramel, light hint of burnt coffee and malts.
Taste is amazing: viscous mouthfeel and big body taste bomb: deep dark espresso, coffee, roasted/burnt malts, caramel, hops (bitter), chocolate.
Deep warm, light bitter and coffee grassy aftertaste. Light above average carbo. Super beer.